Archive for July, 2012

Dead Season

Dead Season

| July 31, 2012

The seemingly endless torrent of direct-to-disc zombie films continues unabated, and Dead Season is one of the latest horrors to make its way to the DVD players of horror fans looking for diamonds in the rough. On the one hand, Dead Season doesn’t really offer anything that die-hard genre fans haven’t seen before. On the […]

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Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition

Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition

| July 31, 2012

Total Recall will always hold a special place in my cinephilic heart, as the film’s mixture of science fiction, nonstop action, and gratuitous violence captured my imagination at an important stage in my personal cinematic growth. And yet, as an adult who has somehow become fairly well-read in the history of the film’s development and […]

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LOL

LOL

| July 31, 2012

It’s hard to tell where a movie like LOL goes wrong. Adapted from a French film by the same name, the movie meanders aimlessly through the ridiculous problems of bourgie Lola (Miley Cyrus) and her “painfully hip” mom, Anne (Demi Moore), who just doesn’t get what it’s like to be a teen anymore. Director Lisa […]

My Way

My Way

| July 31, 2012

Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War was the first Kang Je-gyu film I saw and the second Korean film I ever purchased, the first being Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, obviously. I was in absolute awe after seeing Kang’s take on the Korean War and felt that after seeing this and his first film Shiri, I felt the […]

ATM

ATM

| July 31, 2012

I remember the first time I saw the trailer for ATM. The premise of three people trapped in an ATM while a deranged madman tortured them? Well, it seemed a little ludicrous. Then I saw that the writer of Buried was attached to the project. I’d seen bottle movies go wrong, like Devil but as […]

Scalene

Scalene

| July 31, 2012

Scalene is the latest directorial feat from Zack Parker. If the name sounds unfamiliar to you… well, you’re not alone. This is the first of Parker’s features that I’ve seen and I do this for a living. Sadly, for most, Scalene will be yet another Zack Parker film that will go unnoticed. Not because it […]

FLOST, aka FUCKLOAD OF SCOTCH TAPE

FLOST, aka FUCKLOAD OF SCOTCH TAPE

| July 28, 2012

Independent filmmaker Julian Grant’s latest ultra-ultra low budget feature film is called FLOST, which translates to FuckLoad Of Scotch Tape. It is a story of a young man’s descent into his own personal hell, and the mistakes he made to get there. Julian calls the film a “musical Neo-Noir drama where a patsy is set up […]

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

| July 25, 2012

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic pirate story is brought to life in this Syfy channel miniseries.  When young Jim Hawkins (Toby Regbo; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1) happens across a treasure map, he and his guardian Dr. Livesey (Daniel Mays; Doctor Who) hire a ship and a crew to find the infamous lost […]

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Beck-Mongolian Chop Squad

Beck-Mongolian Chop Squad

| July 24, 2012

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad is part slice of life, part Rock ‘n Roll and all around one of the greatest anime to come out in the last ten years. Based off of the manga by Harold Sakuishi and animated by Studio Madhouse in 2004, Beck follows 14-year old Yukio Tanaka, nicknamed Koyuki, as he enters […]

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Armitage the Third-Complete Saga

Armitage the Third-Complete Saga

| July 24, 2012

When Funimation first announced their Anime Classics line, I wondered if they were only going to use it as another label for cheap anime for consumers or acquire older titles and place them on it. For awhile its been a haven for hits like Bones’ Darker then Black, Bee Train’s Noir and Gonzo’s Last Exile, […]

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